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The printed circuit board (PCB) inspection equipment market in APAC is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.72% during the period 2017-2021.
One trend in the market is emergence of Industry 4.0. The major focus of Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution is to develop smart factories and IoT for industries. The adoption of Industry 4.0 has allowed for industrial advances in technology with the help of advanced computing, analytics, low-cost sensing, and the new levels of connectivity enabled through Internet.
One driver in the market is increasing use of X-ray systems for inspection due to advent of BGAs, chip-scale packages, and flip-chips. The use of BGAs and chip-scale packages mostly in consumer electronics has helped in increasing functionality and reducing the size of products. The growth of the telecom industry in recent years has reinvigorated the need for using X-ray inspection systems while manufacturing PCBs. Owing to the very small size of BGAs, chip-scale packages, and flip-chips, they are invisible to the naked eye. Hence, X-ray inspection systems are employed as they can detect joint quality underneath these packages without the need to destroy the PCB equipment for testing and inspection.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In this enlightening conversation with M&A specialist Tom Kastner, Nolan Johnson learns that it’s a buyer’s market—and a seller’s market too. This sets up an interesting dynamic no matter which side you might be on. What trends are in play that have led to this situation and how can you make the most of it? Tom shares valuable insights that will get you thinking and planning your own strategies.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
With his knowledgeable insight into the business and technology of the printed circuit industry, Dr. Shiuh-Kao Chiang, managing partner at Prismark Partners, has put a global perspective on the challenges of the 2022 PCB market. His presentation at the EIPC Summer Conference in Orebro, Sweden, on June 14 was eagerly awaited by an attentive audience, keen to share his vision. From his comments, it was clear that 2022 will be an interesting year and does not appear particularly friendly for the PCB business.
Denis Jacques, Technic Inc.
About three decades ago, immersion silver, a nitrate-based process, gained a lot of market share in the world of PCB final finishes. More economical than ENIG, flat, solderable, and conductive, it had everything going for it—everything but corrosion resistance in a harsh environment, that is. Champagne voids were also an issue, along with line reduction. But the worst drawback, the characteristic that made the part short over time, was creep corrosion. A build-up of copper sulfide salt that grows in contact with a sulfur-rich environment, heat, and moisture resulted in failures in the field. This was enough to scar the process for good.